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Opinion: Raising standards….

One of the biggest complaints while trying to raise the standard of a group of cricket players in associate countries is that the standard of street cricket is very low. Hence, the standard in all age levels and then the domestic level is also low.

I was wondering. Wouldnt it make sense for an associate country to get their U15, U17 and U19 to play a lot of matches against each other? it wouldnt help the U19, but it would help the U17 playing against the U19 and it would help the U15 playing against the other two. U19 in turn can be made to play against the national A side and the senior full side. That wouldnt help the seniors, but it would help the U19s. Also, for the U19s, tours can be arranged with the test countries. I dont think they would mind sending their team for a 3 matches series or something.

U15s may be more talented than the U17s and U19s for some country, but the fact remains that the U19s are older, stronger, more tough, and more experienced. They would definitely push the U15s beyond their limits, which is essentially what is needed to achieve.

To date, I know of only two countries that did this. One of Japan when they got their U15 to play the U19s (btw the U15 beat the U19s in one match !), and the other was when the USA U19 team played against the USA A team before this U19 WC (and U19 beat them in one game !). But I think it is definitely an option that can be tried to push the players at an early age beyond what the other players in that age groups are going to do. Also, since we are talking about U15 to U19 age levels, they are all going to be students, and can even be made to play a lot of matches against each other for a whole month; there is no 9-5 job to get back to.

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  1. March 27, 2006 at 4:57 am

    Great Idea – I would also like to see the Associates playing each other far more in the age groups as well as at senior level. Money permitting of course (a bit of a chicken and egg problem that).

  2. March 27, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    Chemosit, I was actually primarily mentioning that cricket developing countries could actually do this within themselves. That would help the lowest age group tremendously.

  3. Nishadh Rego
    August 11, 2006 at 6:37 am

    We have been doing this in Thailand for the last couple of years with our junior sides before they go on tournaments. We have also placed the National U-15 team in the Bangkok District League Div. 2 and the U-19 team in the national league division 1 to give them constant exposure and match practice. Let me tell you it has really rubbed off on our performances internationally at the junior level

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